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(Liverpool, Wavertree)
[N]
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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Ministry of Justice
Prison Accommodation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons use the policy of three prisoners living in a cell; and how many cells are occupied by at least three prisoners in each prison.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Our vision is for prison staff and prisoners to work and live in a safe and secure, uncrowded environment that is modern and fit for the purpose of helping prisoners to reform.

This is why we are getting the basics right through the Government’s Prison Estate Transformation Programme, building decent prisons to improve rehabilitation and create safe and secure environments for staff and offenders.

Our reforms will see us close down and redevelop ageing prisons and deliver up to 10,000 new places in high-quality, modern establishments fit for today’s demands. We will only transform our prisons into places of rehabilitation if we ensure that we address basic issues such as cleanliness, decency and safety. We keep the prison population and capacity under careful review to ensure that there is always sufficient capacity.

The table below identifies 29 prisons, as at 30 June 2018, which were holding prisoners in accommodation certified to hold three people or more. The prisons identified will include those with healthcare units, dormitories, and cells which are certified to hold, on both a crowded and uncrowded basis, three or more prisoners.

Prison

Number of locations within the prison holding three or more prisoners

Altcourse

9

Askham Grange

10

Bedford

8

Belmarsh

97

Birmingham

4

Bristol

2

Bullingdon

2

Doncaster

2

East Sutton Park

15

Elmley

87

Forest Bank

1

Foston Hall

2

Hewell

35

Hollesley Bay

4

Hull

1

Huntercombe

3

Leeds

1

Leicester

7

Liverpool

2

New Hall

1

North Sea Camp

7

Norwich

8

Preston

5

Rochester

1

Stoke Heath

2

Styal

40

Swansea

7

Usk

1

Wormwood Scrubs

4

Total

368

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Asked by Kevin Brennan
(Cardiff West)
[N]
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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Education
Arts and Design: GCSE
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of students that took art and design at GCSE level were eligible for free school meals in each year since 2012.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The number of pupils[1] in state-funded schools at the end of Key Stage 4 who entered into GCSE (or equivalent) art and design subjects[2],[3], between 2011/12 and between 2016/17[4] are provided in the tables:

2011/12[5]

Subject

Total pupils entering

Total entrants as % of all pupils

Entrants who were eligible for FSM

% of entrants that were eligible for FSM

Applied art and design

1,168

0.2

161

13.8

Art and design

136,467

24.3

17,052

12.5

2012/13

Subject

Total pupils entering

Total entrants as % of all pupils

Entrants who were eligible for FSM

% of entrants that were eligible for FSM

Applied art and design

1,046

0.2

130

12.4

Art and design

141,529

24.8

18,961

13.4

2013/14[6]

Subject

Total pupils entering

Total entrants as % of all pupils

Entrants who were eligible for FSM

% of entrants that were eligible for FSM

Applied art and design

847

0.2

145

17.1

Art and design

150,445

26.9

21,149

14.1

2014/15[7]

Subject

Total pupils entering

Total entrants as % of all pupils

Entrants who were eligible for FSM

% of entrants that were eligible for FSM

Applied art and design

815

0.1

121

14.8

Art and design

157,054

28.3

22,143

14.1

2015/16

Subject

Total pupils entering

Total entrants as % of all pupils

Entrants who were eligible for FSM

% of entrants that were eligible for FSM

Applied art and design

800

0.1

105

13.1

Art and design

149,097

27.6

20,640

13.8

2016/17

Subject

Total pupils entering

Total entrants as % of all pupils

Entrants who were eligible for FSM

% of entrants that were eligible for FSM

Applied art and design

556

0.1

97

17.4

Art and design

143,882

27.4

19,531

13.6

[1] Total number of entries include pupils who were absent, whose results are pending and results which are ungraded or unclassified.

[2] Discounting has been applied where pupils have taken the same subject more than once and only one entry is counted in these circumstances. Prior to 2014, best entry discounting, where the pupil’s best result is used was in place in performance tables. From 2014 onwards, first entry rules were introduced, where a pupil’s first entry in that subject is used in performance tables. For more information on discounting and early entry, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-4-qualifications-discount-codes-and-point-scores.

[3] Art and design subjects are a category used with the Department’s statistical releases and include: Applied art and design, Art and design, Drama, Media/Film/TV, Music, Drama and Performing arts.

[4] All figures are based on final data so will deviate from total entries figures published in the departments statistical release.

[5] Figures for 2011/12 are based on GCSE entries only and does not include equivalents. Caution should be used when comparing these figures to later years.

[6] In 2013/14, two major reforms were implemented which affect the calculation of key stage 4 performance measures data: 1) Professor Alison Wolf’s Review of Vocational Education recommendations which: restrict the qualifications counted; prevent any qualification from counting as larger than one GCSE; and cap the number of non-GCSEs included in performance measures at two per pupil, and 2) an early entry policy to only count a pupil’s first attempt at a qualification, in subjects counted in the English Baccalaureate.

[7] From 2014/15, early entry policy, under which only a pupil’s first attempt at a qualification is counted in performance measures, is extended to all subjects.

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(Newcastle upon Tyne North)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for International Development
Burma: Rohingya
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding with Myanmar signed by the UNHCR and UNDP to support the creation of conditions for the return of Rohingya refugees currently in Bangladesh, what steps her Department is taking to support that process.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 16 July 2018

I welcome the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Burmese Government and UN agencies, which recognises that UNHCR should be the lead international agency on refugee returns. It indicates a greater willingness from the Burmese Government to engage with the international community on the Rohingya crisis. However, swift implementation will be key.

The UK is continuing to push for access for the UN and others at the scale required to provide humanitarian and development support to all communities. We stand ready to do more once access allows, including exploring options to support the Government to make tangible progress, notably in the education sector. We will continue to look at how we can support creating the right conditions on the ground for credible returns up to international standards. We are also supporting partners who are assisting victims and building evidence, including on sexual violence crimes.

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(Newcastle upon Tyne North)
[N]
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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Ministry of Justice
Social Security Benefits: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2018 to Question 154703 on Social Security Benefits: Appeals, how many decisions made on (a) personal independence payment, (b) employment support allowance and (c) universal credit have been appealed in England in each of the last three years.
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Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Latest figures indicate that since PIP was introduced, more than 3.1 million decisions have been made, and of these 4% have been overturned. For ESA 4% have been overturned at tribunals.

The information requested is set out in the table below:

England1

Financial Years April- March

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)2

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)3

Universal Credit4

Receipts

Receipts

Receipts

2015-2016

49117

45625

641

2016-2017

82931

72764

1451

2017-20185

93142

71566

5570

1 Data based on HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) regions in England.

2 Personal Independence Payment (New Claim Appeals and Reassessments) which replaces Disability Living Allowance was introduced on 8 April 2013.

3 ESA which was rolled out from October 2008 and ESA (Incapacity Benefit Reassessment) rolled out from April 2011.

4 Universal Credit is a social security benefit in the United Kingdom introduced in a few jobcentres in the North-West of England from 2013, a gradual roll out across the rest of Britain is ongoing.

5 Data for the period April 17 to March 18 are provisional data and subject to change.

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(Newcastle upon Tyne North)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Rented Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 June 2018 to Question 154700 on 21 June 2018 on Social Rented Housing, what information her Department holds on universal credit claimants in rent arrears.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 16 July 2018

We do not hold individual information on claimants with rent arrears. However, we do have research which shows more broadly that people come onto Universal Credit with existing rent arrears.

From April 2018, those on Housing Benefit will receive an additional two weeks housing benefit when they start their UC claim. This helps to prevent rent arrears as claimants move to the new monthly payment cycle.

We know that arrears are usually temporary and the majority of claimants do succeed in paying their rent, managing their monthly payments and clearing their arrears over time.

We are currently carrying out further analysis of this issue with a number of housing providers, to investigate and understand the true level of rent arrears for their tenants, what is causing them and any impacts Universal Credit may be having. It will be published when completed.

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(Newcastle upon Tyne North)
[N]
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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Transport
Intercity Express Programme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the economic contribution of the Intercity Express Programme to the (a) UK, (b) North East and (c) South West.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Rail services are a vital part of the economy and the Intercity Express Programme is part of the national programme of modernisation works taking place on our railways that will improve the experience of rail users and stimulate economic growth across the UK.

The Intercity Express Programme has led to Hitachi investing in a state of the art facility at Newton Aycliffe which has created over a 1000 new jobs in the North East and supported thousands more in the UK supply chain. We expect the programme’s benefits to be realised once all the Intercity Express trains are in service on the Great Western and East Coast mainlines in 2020.

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(Newcastle upon Tyne North)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Transport
Railways: Manufacturing Industries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has held (a) meetings and (b) discussions with business groups in the North East on support for rail manufacturing.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Departments publish quarterly details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations on GOV.UK. These can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dft-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings

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Asked by Lucy Powell
(Manchester Central)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Education
Education: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2018 to Question 140739 on Education: North of England, how much and what proportion of the funding came from the Northern Powerhouse Education Fund.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Department for Education has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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(Mid Sussex)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Communiqué entitled Towards a Common Future published on 20 April 2018.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 16 July 2018

As Chair-in-Office, the UK is working with Commonwealth partners to ensure the delivery of commitments set out in the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) communique and to build a Commonwealth which is fairer and more prosperous, sustainable, and secure.

The Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Member States have already made good progress in the two months following CHOGM. For example:

· The Commonwealth Secretariat convened, and the UK chaired, the first Senior Trade Officials Meeting to agree the framework for implementation of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment;

· Vanuatu, which co-Chairs the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance with the UK, became the first country in the world to enact a ban on the manufacture and sale of single use plastic bags, polystyrene takeaway boxes, and plastic drinking straws. Indian Prime Minister Modi has announced a ban of all single use plastics, which will come into effect in 2022;

· The UK and the International Trade Centre launched SheTrades Commonwealth in Kenya to enable the increased participation of women-owned businesses in international trade; and

· Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Life Opportunities, hosted Commonwealth High Commissioners to discuss ambitions and expertise in tackling plastic pollution, and provide more detail of the UK support available to them to help them reduce plastic pollution in our Oceans under the Commonwealth Blue Charter.

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Asked by Lucy Powell
(Manchester Central)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Education
Education: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the process for bids to the Northern Powerhouse Education Fund (a) opened and (b) closed; what the remit of the Northern Powerhouse Education Fund is; what the bidding process was for that Fund; how many applications to that Fund were received; and which of those applications were successful.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Department for Education has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Q
(North Durham)
Asked on: 10 July 2018
Ministry of Defence
Type 26 Frigates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if will list each of the long-lead items required for the first eight T26 frigates.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Ministry of Defence has ordered long-lead items for the first batch of three Type 26 Frigates. This included investment in the wider supply chain and covered key equipment purchases including the diesel generators, gas turbines and steering gear systems.

We will define the list of long-lead items required for the remaining five ships and place the orders at the appropriate time.

Q
Asked by Alex Norris
(Nottingham North)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Housing Ombudsman Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many complaints the Housing Ombudsman (a) received and (b) resolved in favour of the complainant in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 16 July 2018

In 2017-18, the Ombudsman made formal decisions about 1,712 complaints.

Of those 1,712 complaints, 179 were not fully investigated because they were outside the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction. Of the remaining 1,523 cases that were within the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction, the Ombudsman upheld 729. In a further 130 cases, during the course of the Ombudsman’s consideration the landlord acknowledged that a mistake had been made and offered to put things right in a manner which the Ombudsman felt to be fair and so did not issue a finding of fault.

Q
(Paisley and Renfrewshire North)
[N]
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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Women against State Pension Inequality
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she last met with representatives of WASPI women.
A
Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Since taking up the post, the Secretary of State has had no meetings with representatives of the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign.

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Cabinet Office
Government Departments: Information Officers
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether there are standardised cross-department pay scales for the post of Press Officer in each government department.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 16 July 2018

There is not currently a standardised cross-government pay scale for Press Officers as pay for this role, like all others in delegated grades (AA-G6), is delegated to departments.

Q
(South Thanet)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Livestock: Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether under the terms of the 6 July 2018 statement of the Government and its reference to a common rulebook the UK will be able to ban live animal exports for slaughter from January 2021 without there being consequences for trade.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Government’s proposal for a common rulebook on goods only relates to those technical and product safety rules necessary to provide for a frictionless border. The proposal does not extend to wider single market legislation nor animal welfare and would not fetter our abilities to restrict or ban live animal exports.

The White Paper published on 12 July 2018 explains: “By being outside the CAP, and having a common rulebook that only applies to rules that must be checked at the border, the UK would be able to have control over new future subsidy arrangements, control over market surveillance of domestic policy arrangements, an ability to change tariffs and quotas in the future, and the freedom to apply higher animal welfare standards that would not have a bearing on the functioning of the free trade area for goods – such as welfare in transport and the treatment of live animal exports.”

Q
Asked by John Healey
(Wentworth and Dearne)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Homelessness
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much local authorities in England spent on homelessness services in each year since 2009-10; and how much of that money was spent on temporary accommodation.
A
Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Department publishes data on local authorities’ revenue expenditure and financing. This includes spend on homelessness and temporary accommodation categories in table RO4 of individual authority outturn data. Data is provided to the Department by local authorities and can be found for years since 2007-08 at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing.

Q
Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Home Office
Police: ICT
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the potential for machine-learning algorithms to aid in police investigations.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Home Office has not undertaken a specific assessment of the potential for machine-learning algorithms to aid police investigations. This is an operational matter for policing. We are however, supporting policing to test how new and emerging technologies can be used across all aspects of crime and policing, including within police investigations.

Most notably, through the Police Transformation Fund, we are investing in a number of projects. For example, we are funding the Digital Intelligence and Investigation (DII) Programme. As well as mapping forces current DII capabilities, the Programme is engaging experts in the technology sector to propose technical solutions, both existing and for development, which can aid policing in the management, collation and analysis of data at each stage of the investigative process.

Q
(North East Somerset)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Transport
Great Western Railway: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received on delays and overcrowding experienced by commuters on the Great Western Railway (GWR) from Bristol to London; what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that GWR improves its service; and what mechanisms his Department has in place to scrutinise the delivery of that service against its contractual obligations.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Secretary of State receives letters, Parliamentary Questions and Freedom of Information requests from MPs, Peers, stakeholders and passengers about Great Western Railway performance. Great Western Railway has agreed a change to its franchise agreement to include a new obligation to implement a performance improvement plan. The plan includes a wide range of activities across the whole franchise area to improve performance for passengers. Ministers have discussed GWR performance with senior representative from FirstGroup. Officials meet Great Western Railway regularly to discuss progress on the plan.

Q
Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Education
Discovery School Newcastle
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding the Government has provided to the Discovery School in Newcastle in each of the previous five financial years.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Since the free school opened in 2014, the Department has provided grant, rates and pupil premium funding totalling £4,624,089. This can be broken down by academic year as follows:

2014/15 - £932,694

2015/16 - £2,041,145

2016/17 - £769,016

2017/18 - £880,964

Capital funding for individual free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools, where all works have been completed and costs are no longer commercially sensitive, is published on GOV.UK. This can be viewed at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/capital-funding-for-open-free-schools.

Figures for schools meeting these criteria, including Discovery School, are due to be published later this month.

Q
Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Cabinet Office
Government Departments: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to achieve the Conservative Party manifesto commitment of tendering 35 per cent of Government spending to UK-based SMEs.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 16 July 2018

This Government is committed to supporting small businesses and we aspire for 33% of Government spending to go to SMEs.

In April I announced a number of measures to help achieve this, and we have already streamlined our procurement processes to assist small businesses, and we continue to focus on breaking down the barriers that might deter SMEs from bidding for Government contracts.

Q
Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Global Navigation Satellite Systems
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b) liabilities to the public purse of developing a UK alternative to the EU Galileo satellite navigation system.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 16 July 2018

My rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced in May that the Government is developing options for a domestic satellite navigation system as a contingency measure in the event that the European Commission and EU27 Member States do not offer acceptable terms for continued UK participation in Galileo.

Initial analysis undertaken in partnership with UK industry indicates that a UK Global Navigation Satellite System could cost between £3-5 billion over a ten-year build phase. In a subsequent steady state period, the annual operating and replenishment cost for a UK system is estimated to be comparable with the expected cost of continued UK participation in the Galileo programme (around £200m per annum).

Further analysis and study is ongoing with UK industry in order to provide greater clarity on the options for a UK GNSS, the costs and benefits and the start date of full services. During this early study phase of the programme, no significant liabilities have arisen.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Wood-burning Stoves
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 120689 on Wood-burning Stoves, what steps he is taking through (a) planning regulations and (b) otherwise to reduce the primary emissions of harmful particulate matter from the use of wood-burning stoves.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Planning is the responsibility of the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). My Department is working with MHCLG on their update on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF requires that planning policies should sustain compliance with and contribute towards EU limit values or national objectives for pollutants.

On 22 May, we published our Clean Air Strategy for consultation which aims to cut air pollution and save lives. The strategy includes plans to introduce new environmental legislation which will ensure only the cleanest domestic fuels will be available for sale and only the cleanest stoves will be available to buy and install in England, preventing 8,000 tonnes of harmful particulate matter from entering the atmosphere each year. Cleaner fuels and stoves produce less smoke, less soot and more heat.

We will be launching a further detailed consultation later this year on our proposals to phase out the most polluting domestic fuels.

Ahead of introducing new legislation, my Department has been working with industry sectors to introduce voluntary initiatives. This has seen the introduction of Ecodesign Ready labelling by the stove industry in February 2017 which brings in emission standards ahead of the EU Regulatory deadline of 2022.

We have also worked with the wood fuel industry on the Ready to Burn scheme which was launched in Autumn 2017. The scheme informs consumers about the importance of using clean, quality wood-fuel to improve air quality which will reduce harmful emissions.

In addition, my Department have also been working with other industry sectors, such as chimney sweep organisations to provide advice to consumers in their own homes. This has resulted in an information guide (https://tinyurl.com/y8clbglu) which provides clear advice on the procedures to follow when lighting a stove, to minimise smoke emissions.

Q
Asked by Lord Empey
Asked on: 10 July 2018
The Senior Deputy Speaker
House of Lords: Internet
Lords
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the Members' Attendance facility has been removed from the Lords online Members' Centre; if so, why; and whether there are any plans to reinstate it.
A
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Since the beginning of the current Session, Members’ attendance has been reported through a new digital system. Due to this change, Members have been temporarily unable to access their attendance records through the Lords’ online Members Centre.

Work to reinstate Members' access to online attendance records is now underway. It is anticipated that this facility will be developed and tested over the coming months in time for the return of the House following the conference recess.

Q
Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
House of Commons Commission
Members: Data Protection
Commons
To ask the House of Commons Commission, what assessment it has made of the effect of the General Data Protection Regulation on the ability of hon. Members to carry out their work.
A
Answered by: Tom Brake
Answered on: 16 July 2018

As part of its preparations for GDPR, the House Service recognised the impact of the new legislation on Members and procured a contract to deliver training, guidance, templates and an advice line to offer support to Members and their offices. Presentations and advice on GDPR have also been included at regional constituency open days since September 2017.

The House Service has worked closely with DCMS and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on the provision of updated guidance and subject specific case studies, including scenarios such as sending newsletters to constituents and others, appropriate use of constituents’ contact details, and dealing with complex requests for access to personal data.

In May, letters (together with the case studies, guidance and frequently asked questions) were sent to Members from the Chair of the Administration Committee and Managing Director of Research and Information, and from the Leader of the House.

Further work has been planned to update existing guidance for Members and their staff on the application of the Data Protection Act 2018, which received Royal Assent on 23 May.

The Government has responsibility for conducting formal assessments of the impact of legislation and DCMS carried out an impact assessment of the overall Data Protection Bill in September 2017. (It can be found here: https://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA17-006.pdf).

Q
(Twickenham)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that safeguards are in place for eligible EU citizens’ to access welfare (a) during the implementation period and (b) after the conclusion of that implementation period of the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The draft Withdrawal Agreement published in March guarantees the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK, and UK nationals living in the EU. As set out, EU citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020, along with their family members, will be able to stay and continue their lives, with the same access to work, study, benefits and public services that they enjoy now.

Q
Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nigeria: Conflict Prevention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his French and other European counterparts on the conflict in Nigeria between Fulani herdsmen and farming communities; and what diplomatic steps they are taking to reduce the conflict and protect communities.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Officials have discussed this issue with US, French, German and other EU colleagues who share the British Government's deep concern. We continue to raise this issue with the Nigerian Federal and State Government and to call on them to bring the perpetrators of violence to justice and to develop solutions which meet the needs of all communities to prevent further violence.

Q
(York Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: One Public Estate Programme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under - Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans of 9 July 2018, Official Report, column 706, whether it is his policy that the One Public Estate principles apply to public land that has its freehold vested within an association.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Public land disposals are managed in accordance with Government policy and Her Majesty's Treasury guidelines to obtain best value. Where land is owned by an Association, the Department would expect that they will continue to work closely with the Local Authority.

Q
Asked by Sarah Jones
(Croydon Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Private Rented Housing: Building Regulations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the written statement of 28 June 2018, on Building Safety Update, HCWS811, of the 297 total private sector buildings assessed to be unlikely to meet current Building Regulations guidance, a) how many have informed residents and b) what measures his department has taken to ensure that all residents have been informed.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Shortly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, we issued guidance on the interim safety measures that should be put in place in high-rise buildings with unsafe Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding systems. This includes instructions to building owners to communicate with residents and the local fire and rescue service about the safety of their homes and what they should do in the event of a fire.

All residents of buildings where unsafe ACM cladding systems have been found should have been informed by their landlords about the steps their landlords or building owners are taking to make their buildings safe. We would encourage residents of affected buildings to speak to their building owner about these measures to ensure residents’ safety. Residents should also be aware of what to do in the event of a fire and if they are unsure they should speak to the landlord or freeholder.

Q
(York Central)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for Transport
Large Goods Vehicle Drivers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of qualified HGV drivers in the road haulage industry for each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Office of National Statistics publishes figures of employment by occupation, based on the Labour Force Survey, a household survey. The estimates for numbers of professional large goods vehicle drivers each year based on surveys between April and June are as follows:

Year

UK total in employment in standard occupation classification 8211 (large goods vehicle drivers)

2010

285,000

2011

299,000

2012

290,000

2013

259,000

2014

285,000

2015

299,000

2016

315,000

2017

302,000

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency record the number of vocational tests passed. Records for 2010 to 2017 are:

Year

Total number of test passes

2010

21268

2011

24635

2012

24634

2013

25679

2014

28486

2015

37205

2016

43643

2017

41867

2018 to 31/03

10053

Q
Asked by Patrick Grady
(Glasgow North)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will respond to the letter of the hon. Member for Glasgow North of 26 April 2018, reference PG4747.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 16 July 2018

A letter was sent to the Hon member on 11th July.

Q
Asked by Nia Griffith
(Llanelli)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Ministry of Defence
Russia: Football
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made on the effectiveness of the training delivered by the Royal Marines to the England football team prior to the 2018 World Cup campaign.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 16 July 2018

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said, England's World Cup campaign has been a great journey that's made the country proud. The Royal Marines are honoured to be associated with the first England team to reach the final four in 28 years and we are all very proud of what they achieved.

Q
(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Palliative Care: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been spent from the public purse on palliative care services for children in (a) the London Borough of Southwark and (b) England in each of the last eight years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 16 July 2018

As with the vast majority of NHS services, the funding and commissioning of palliative and end of life care is a local matter, over which individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have responsibility. CCGs are best placed to understand the needs of local populations and commission services to meet those needs accordingly, and as such, decisions to fund an increase for palliative care services or hospice provision are for the local National Health Service.

Much of the palliative care patients receive will be provided either in outpatient or community settings, by nurses, community teams or general practitioners (GPs) as part of general NHS services provision, rather than as an identified palliative care service. In such services, data are either not available or does not identify palliative treatment. In addition, social and voluntary sector organisations can provide additional support to patients and the end of life. Therefore, figures for the total cost of palliative care service for children nationally, or across boroughs, is not available.

Grouped Questions: 162951 | 162952
Q
(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Palliative Care: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to require Clinical Commissioning Groups to provide annual funding to children’s (a) hospices and (b) palliative care services.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 16 July 2018

As with the vast majority of NHS services, the funding and commissioning of palliative and end of life care is a local matter, over which individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have responsibility. CCGs are best placed to understand the needs of local populations and commission services to meet those needs accordingly, and as such, decisions to fund an increase for palliative care services or hospice provision are for the local National Health Service.

Much of the palliative care patients receive will be provided either in outpatient or community settings, by nurses, community teams or general practitioners (GPs) as part of general NHS services provision, rather than as an identified palliative care service. In such services, data are either not available or does not identify palliative treatment. In addition, social and voluntary sector organisations can provide additional support to patients and the end of life. Therefore, figures for the total cost of palliative care service for children nationally, or across boroughs, is not available.

Grouped Questions: 162950 | 162952
Q
(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Palliative Care: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to increase the allocation of funding for palliative care services for children.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 16 July 2018

As with the vast majority of NHS services, the funding and commissioning of palliative and end of life care is a local matter, over which individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have responsibility. CCGs are best placed to understand the needs of local populations and commission services to meet those needs accordingly, and as such, decisions to fund an increase for palliative care services or hospice provision are for the local National Health Service.

Much of the palliative care patients receive will be provided either in outpatient or community settings, by nurses, community teams or general practitioners (GPs) as part of general NHS services provision, rather than as an identified palliative care service. In such services, data are either not available or does not identify palliative treatment. In addition, social and voluntary sector organisations can provide additional support to patients and the end of life. Therefore, figures for the total cost of palliative care service for children nationally, or across boroughs, is not available.

Grouped Questions: 162950 | 162951
Q
(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Domestic Violence: Refuges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many victims of domestic abuse who presented at domestic violence refuges were unable to access domestic violence refuge services in (a) Southwark, (b) London and (c) England, in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Nigel Adams
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Government does hold the data requested. Domestic abuse is a life-shattering and abhorrent crime that nobody should have to suffer. The Government is committed to protecting victims of domestic abuse, and since 2015 we have provided almost £889,000 to Women’s Aid for two key projects, Routes to Support and No Woman Turned Away. Routes to Support (formerly UK Refuges online) is part-funded by the Government and is a UK-wide online database containing information about domestic abuse and other violence against women services. No Woman Turned Away provides caseworker support to women facing difficulties in accessing refuge. We are continuing to fund these vital projects in 2018/19.

We are also currently reviewing the provision of domestic abuse services, including refuge, in England. To inform our review, we have commissioned Ipsos MORI to run an audit of domestic abuse service delivery. This will give us a picture of provision across England, enabling us to understand what impact services are having and to identify gaps in provision.

Q
(East Renfrewshire)
Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Children: Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish the interim results of the further survey commissioned by his Department on Direct Pay clients.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 16 July 2018

There are no plans to publish any interim findings of the Direct Pay survey. The final report is due to be published in autumn 2019.

Q
(East Renfrewshire)
Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Child Maintenance Service
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department issues guidance to hon. Members on the Child Maintenance Service to assist them with constituency casework.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/child-maintenance

There is dedicated support for MP’s available from:

MP Hotline for Child Maintenance Service on 0800 232 1940

Email the Child Maintenance Service MP Team at: mp.inbox.cmg@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Q
(Easington)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for Transport
Road Traffic Control: Seaham
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions Highways England has had with Durham County Council on traffic management on Seaton Lane, Seaham, and its effect on road safety and congestion on the A19.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Highways England is aware of queuing on A19 southbound off slip for Seaham, but do not consider that it raises safety or wider operational concerns at present.

They have, however, been liaising with Durham County Council, developers and other key stakeholders to help improve traffic management at Seaton Lane, Seaham. As part of the planning process for proposed developments in the area, improvements to the local road network will need to be implemented.

Q
(Easington)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for Transport
Road Traffic Control: Seaham
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make funding available to improve road safety and relieve traffic congestion at Seaton Lane, Seaham.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Seaton Lane is part of the local road network and is the responsibility of Durham County Council. The Department for Transport funds local road improvements by providing an annual integrated transport block grant to local authorities and by contributing about £7 billion towards the £12 billion Local Growth Fund, which Local Enterprise Partnerships can use to fund highway improvement schemes. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are working with Sunderland City Council to develop its bid to the Housing Infrastructure Fund. If successful, this would support the delivery of around 3,000 additional homes in South Sunderland and Durham, and will include funding for Durham County Council to improve the junction of the B1404 Seaton Lane and the B1285 Stockton Road.

Q
Asked by Mary Glindon
(North Tyneside)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Ministry of Justice
Prisoners
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an assessment of the possible effect of levels of austerity on projected prison population numbers; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 16 July 2018

I have made no such assessment.

Q
Asked by Mary Glindon
(North Tyneside)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information on the costs of goods he will require of manufacturers of special medicinal products under the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017 and subsequent regulations; and if he will bring forward further regulatory proposals to control the costs of those products.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Under the Health Service Products (Provision and Disclosure of Information) Regulations 2018, manufacturers, importers and wholesalers of special medicinal products are required to provide the Department, every quarter, with purchase and/or sales information about products already listed with a price in the Drug Tariff and products that are being considered for listing with a price in the Drug Tariff. This information will be used to inform the reimbursement prices for special medicinal products. In addition, under the same Regulations, the Department can request ad-hoc information about sales and purchases as well as costs about any special medicinal products.

The Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017 enables the Government to reimburse for specials dispensed in primary care in different ways such as considering quotes of suppliers and not reimbursing pharmacies at all if, for example, they have been provided the medicine by a central service. We are developing proposals, which will be subject to consultation with relevant stakeholders.

Q
(Coventry South)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for Education
Adult Education: West Midlands
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the funding available for adult education courses within (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The adult education budget (AEB) aims to engage adults and provide the skills and learning they need to equip them for work, an apprenticeship or other learning. It enables more tailored programmes of learning to be made available, which may or may not require a qualification, to help eligible learners engage in learning, build confidence, and/or enhance their wellbeing. It supports three legal entitlements to full funding for some learners and enables a more flexible provision for others.

In 2017/18 (academic year) the total AEB allocated to providers by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) was £1.39 billion. Of this, £171.6 million was allocated to providers based in the West Midlands, of which £10.4 million was allocated to providers based in Coventry.

From 2019/20 the government will devolve the AEB to several Mayoral Combined Authorities, including West Midlands.

The ESFA does not allocate funding on a geographic basis and providers can fund delivery anywhere in England.

Q
(Coventry South)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Nationals Abroad
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens living in (a) Germany and (b) France.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office can not make an estimate of the number of UK residents in Germany or France. We are aware that other organisations, including the UN and the Office for National Statistics do make such estimates. We no longer ask British nationals overseas to register with the nearest Embassy or Consulate.

Q
(Coventry South)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Clinical Commissioning Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the (a) governance and (b) administration costs of Clinical Commissioning Groups in England; and what steps he is taking to ensure value for money for those costs.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 16 July 2018

NHS England is responsible for determining allocations of financial resources to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Total annual budgets given to CCGs cover the majority of NHS spending including admin expenditure.

CCGs have a statutory duty to commission high-quality care that is cost-effective. It is the responsibility of CCGs, and NHS England, to ensure that commissioning is economical and effective at all times.

Q
(Coventry South)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for Education
Apprentices: Coventry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has allocated to businesses in Coventry to support the recruitment of apprentices in each of the last eight years.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has published allocations to training providers, colleges, local authorities and academies over the past eight years. This can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-education-funding-allocations#published-allocations.

Information is not published or held for Coventry businesses. Funding is allocated to support the delivery of the apprenticeship programme rather than specifically for the recruitment of apprentices.

Additionally in Coventry, in this academic year, the Apprenticeships Support and Knowledge in schools programme has delivered in:

  • 16 schools/colleges,
  • with 43 activities,
  • reaching 458 students and 18 teachers.

Q
(Coventry South)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Business: Coventry
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of funding allocated from the public purse to businesses in Coventry to encourage (a) economic growth and (b) employment.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Government is actively encouraging economic growth and employment in Coventry via a number of policy initiatives and funding.

As part of Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s (CWLEP) Growth Deal, government is investing £131.84 million in the locality.

The LEP simplifies and coordinates access to business advice and support through CWLEP Growth Hub. In 2017/18, the government provided £328,000 to CWLEP to enable the Growth Hub to support local business growth and has committed to provide similar amounts in 2018/19 and 2019/20.

More widely, Innovate UK in 2016/17 invested £30.4 million to stimulate innovation and growth in the West Midlands. And the Midlands Engine Investment Fund will facilitate investment of over £250 million across the Midlands to help SMEs to achieve their growth ambitions, revitalise local economies, and create jobs.

Q
(Glasgow North East)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for International Development
UN Agencies: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has had any discussions with her EU counterparts on her proposal to introduce payments by results to funding of UN agencies.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 16 July 2018

From 2018 onwards, we will use the payment by results approach with the UN to strengthen accountability to deliver results in some key areas of UN reform and performance. My officials have undertaken a range of outreach opportunities to discuss the ‘payment by results’ component of the voluntary core funding that DFID contributes to the UN’s humanitarian and development agencies. This has included a number of meetings at Permanent Secretary level with interested donors, formal presentations to EU counterparts at Director General level and a number of informal meetings at a technical level.

Q
(Glasgow North East)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Females
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with its European counterparts on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 is a priority for DFID discussions with all our partners, including European counterparts. This includes important discussions to drive progress on gender equality at international forums like the G7 and working as part of the EU negotiating block to achieve strong outcomes at the Commission on the Status of Women.

The UK has strongly influenced the European Union’s (EU) Gender Action Plan, which will focus collective EU efforts to achieve Goal 5. This includes seconding UK national experts to assist the EU to design the Plan and to monitor progress. The UK regularly participates in discussions with EU counterparts to review implementation.

Q
(Glasgow North East)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Females
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how she plans to measure progress on Sustainable Development Goal 5 for the Voluntary National Review in 2019.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Work on developing the UK’s 2019 Voluntary National Review is ongoing. We will be drawing on a range of sources, including:

  • the UN’s global indicator framework for measuring progress towards the SDGs;
  • the UK’s Office for National Statistics’ National Reporting Platform on UK data for the SDGs;
  • Single Departmental Plans in which government departments have embedded the SDGs; and
  • departmental Annual Reports and Accounts in which departments are expected to report progress towards the SDGs.

We will continue to consult with a range of key stakeholders as we finalise our plans, including launching an online consultation to ensure we capture a wide range of views and inputs.

Q
(North Durham)
[N]
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Asked on: 11 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to letters to his predecessor from the hon. Member for North Durham on whistle blowing dated 5 May, 24 May and 25 June 2018.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 16 July 2018

I responded to the hon. Member’s letters on 16 July.

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